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    September 21, 2018 at 10:04 am #1499
    1. WHEREAS, the current administration is strategically manipulating the Supreme Court balance to
    2. favor the demise of the longstanding Roe v. Wade and subsequently rule abortion unconstitutional via
    3. President Trump’s nomination of Brett Kavanaugh, who will hold the deciding vote on overturning the
    4. current Supreme Court ruling1,2,3, and
    1. WHEREAS, the Supreme Court ruled in favor Jane Roe and the pursuit of safe, legal abortion rights for
    2. women in the United States in 1973 in response to the unconstitutionality of states’ imposition of laws
    3. and statutes that interfere with an individual’s right to autonomy and privacy regarding the creation of a
    4. family4, and
    1. WHEREAS, in 1967, 17% of pregnancy-induced maternal demise was due to illegal abortion
    2. complications performed without medical personnel and resources, and4,5
    1. WHEREAS, according the CDC Abortion Surveillance Systems, “652,639 legal induced abortions were
    2. reported,” which indicate 652,639 women chose abortion as their choice of medical care in 2014,
    3. elucidating the enormity of need of such resources and patient autonomy6, and
    1. WHEREAS, according the CDC Abortion Surveillance Systems, 4 (.0006%) women died in 2013 as a
    2. result of complications post legal abortion6, further elucidating the benefit of women’s rights to choose
    3. as opposed to the aforementioned loss of life while abortion was made illegal nationwide, and
    1. WHEREAS, physicians are trained to serve with the patient’s best interest in mind, regardless of
    2. personal moral or ethical convictions as long as the legal standard of care is practiced, and
    1. WHEREAS, the decision to safely terminate pregnancy should be solely at the discretion of the patient
    2. and their healthcare team, and
    1. WHEREAS, abortion goes beyond the need for women to have the right to govern their own body, but
    2. the right to quality of life for both parent and child, and
    1. WHEREAS, opposition to abortion lies on moral premise, judgement, and conviction and on the idea
    2. that states should be held financially and socially accountable for the welfare of women who become
    3. unexpectedly pregnant according to the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG)5, and
    1. WHEREAS, the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG) holds and supports the
    2. committee opinion for clinical guidelines on women’s reproductive health and rights that “safe, legal
    3. abortion is a necessary component of women’s health care… Legislative restrictions fundamentally
    4. interfere with the patient-provider relationship and decrease access to abortion for all women, and
    5. particularly for low-income women and those living long distances from health care providers.”8, and

    1. WHEREAS, women of low socioeconomic status and minorities will suffer the brunt of the
    2. repercussions of overturning Roe v. Wade due to the loss of funding protections for Title X subsidiaries,
    3. like Planned Parenthood, that provide affordable reproductive healthcare that includes annual
    4. mammograms, preventative gynecological healthcare and screenings, access to birth control, sexual
    5. education, and safe abortion procedures, leading to increased incidences of malignancies, unplanned and
    6. unwanted pregnancies, and unsafe abortion practices1, and
    1. WHEREAS, abortion rates decline with legality and increase when made illegal9, and
    1. WHEREAS, as there is a separation of church and state, there should be a separation of church and
    2. medicine, therefore, be it
    1. RESOLVED, that the Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA) support Roe v. Wade for the
    2. purpose of supporting women’s right to choose and autonomy, as well as their right to privacy and
    3. governance over their livelihood, and, be it further
    1. RESOLVED, that the Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA) stand by the American
    2. College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG) in their recommendation of increased provisions for
    3. safe and legal abortion resources and education for female patients, and, be it further
    1. RESOLVED, that SOMA call upon the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) to stand by ACOG
    2. in their recommendation of increased provisions for safe and legal abortion resources and opposition of
    3. the reversal of Roe v. Wade by drafting an official statement reflecting this position, and, be it further

    Explanatory Statement
    The reversal of Roe v. Wade will undoubtedly increase the rate of illegal abortions performed in the United States, vastly increasing infertility and mortality risks due to patients’ lack of knowledge on how and when to best perform these procedures via chemical methods. Abortions will occur regardless of its legality. At the forefront of our oath and practice is the patient; safety, autonomy and dignity are held to highest regard. Therefore, depriving women of the right to safe, legal access to reproductive health, family planning, and abortion services is not only unconstitutional but directly infringes on their right to autonomy over their bodies and lives. Moreover, women of low socioeconomic background are at highest risk due to the inevitable reduction of funding allocated to Title X programs liked Planned Parenthood. As a result, we stand in strong opposition to the reversal of Roe v. Wade, the subsequent legal repercussions for female patients who seek autonomy, and the danger to life that is illegal abortion.


    1. North, A. (2018, September 14). Planned Parenthood’s new president has seen what the end of Roe might look like. Retrieved from https://www.vox.com/2018/9/14/17852818/planned parenthood-dr-leana-wen-kavanaugh
    2. North, A. (2018, September 07). If Kavanaugh is confirmed, any of these 13 cases could end Roe v. Wade. Retrieved from https://www.vox.com/2018/9/7/17818458/brett-kavanaughsupreme-court-nominee-abortion-confirmation
    3. Elving, R. (2018, July 03). Which Trump Should Be Believed On Overturning Roe v. Wade? Retrieved from https://www.npr.org/2018/07/03/625410441/which-trump-should-be believed-on-overturning-roe-v-wade
    4. Parenthood, P. (n.d.). Roe v. Wade: The Constitutional Right to Access Safe, Legal Abortion. Retrieved from https://www.plannedparenthoodaction.org/issues/abortion/roe-v-wade
    5. Vital Statistics of the United States 1949. Part I: Natality, Mortality, Marriage, Divorce, Morbidity, and Life Table Data for the United States. General Tables by Place of Occurrence with Supplemental Tables for Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, and Alaska, Part II: Natality and Mortality Data for the United States Tabulated by Place of Residence.(1952). JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association,150(15), 1547. doi:10.1001/jama.1952.03680150101037
    6. Reproductive Health. (2017, November 16). Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/reproductivehealth/data_stats/abortion.htm
    7. Ethics – Abortion: Arguments against abortion. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.bbc.co.uk/ethics/abortion/mother/against_1.shtml
    8. Women’s Health Care Physicians. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.acog.org/Clinical-Guidance-and-Publications/Committee-Opinions/Committee-on-Health-Care-for-Underserved-Women/Increasing-Access-to-Abortion
    9. Abortion rates fell as countries made it legal and OK’d birth control. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-care/abortion-rates-go-down-when-countries-make it-legal-report-n858476

    Submitted by:
    Mayen Gonzalez, OMS II – Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine
    Carlos Garcia Galindo, OMS II – Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine
    Samantha Ashley Gooch, OMS II – Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine
    Sven Wang, OMS II – Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine
    Justine Harris McKee, OMS II – Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine
    Aerial Petty, OMS II – Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine

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    Effective Time Period: Ongoing